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A Partnership that Dates Back 88 Years
AT&T and Junior Achievement have an important person in common, Theodore N. Vail. He was the first president of AT&T as well as one of the founding fathers of Junior Achievement in 1919. Mr. Vail was instrumental in building the foundations of both organizations. Today, the bond between AT&T and Junior Achievement is as timely and vibrant as ever.
In 2007-08, 32 AT&T associates are serving on local boards around the world. In addition, Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO of AT&T Mobility has served on the Junior Achievement Board of Directors since 2005. He is currently Co-Chair of the board and is a member of the Board of Governors.
For the 2007-08 school year, AT&T received a Bronze Presidential Volunteer Service Award for providing more than 5,000 volunteer hours delivered by 1,100 AT&T associates.
In 2007, AT&T generously contributed $1 million to the Junior Achievement Business Technology Initiative. This critical project uses technology to unite JA students, volunteers, board members, staff, and the additional communities that benefit from involvement in JA's educational opportunities.
"The AT&T Foundation is pleased to partner with Junior Achievement to offer students an interactive way of finding the right career. By helping students learn about different jobs, and what they need to do now in order to get there, we hope to motivate them to succeed in school now, where it counts. Together we are committed to helping students achieve academic and future life success."
- Laura Sanford, Assistant Vice President, Corporate Contributions
The AT&T/Junior Achievement Job Shadow Initiative provides students across the United States the opportunity to experience a day at the office firsthand. The initiative will reach 100,000 students over five years (2008-2013). This represents an investment by AT&T of more than $5.5 million and will mobilize as many as 50,000 AT&T employees and involves 400,000 employee hours. The initiative was launched in the fall of 2008 in 63 locations.
JA Job Shadow™ brings students into the world of business through classroom instruction followed by on-site mentoring in which students get to work with their job shadow host for a day. Junior Achievement is a recognized leader in job shawdowing and a key member of the National Job Shadow Coalition, which also includes AT&T, America's Promise Alliance, Association for Career and Technical Education, Society for Human Resource Management, United States Department of Education, and United States Department of Labor.
The AT&T/Junior Achievement Job Shadow initiative is part of AT&T Aspire, a $100 million initiative of AT&T and the AT&T Foundation to address high school success and workforce readiness, and is AT&T's most significant education initiative to date. It also represents the largest corporate job shadow initiative Junior Achievement has ever undertaken. According to an independent evaluation commissioned by Junior Achievement, 79 percent of students who participate in job shadowing report that it increased their desire to stay in school.